El Malecon
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David P
Leamington Spa, UK15 contributions
Maybe because I was there low seasons meant there was no people, but I just don't get why this place is popular at all.

The castle at the one end is OK. But then it is a wide concrete path. On the one side is dilapidated buildings and a noisy, busy, fumey road and on the other the sea...which is pretty enough, but no better than any other walk by the sea.

There are plenty of seaside walks all over the world, most in much more pleasant conditions...maybe I missed something but a walk down a busy road is not a good thing.
Written 29 September 2022
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Rowan H
Cairns, Australia1,199 contributions
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Visiting the Malecon is an essential stop in any trip to Havana.

It does however run for about 7km so one needs to consider just how much of it they want to see.

It is quite hot during the middle of the day with no shade coverage on the bitumen/concrete so I would suggest coming here in the evenings. There isn’t any lights here either so I wouldn’t stroll down it during the night.

We were surprised to get full bars ETECSA wifi here in the middle of malecon.

Personally I would focus on the section at the end of the Paseo de Marti (prado) and travel in the direction of the castles.
Written 2 September 2022
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Royster50
Nicosia, Cyprus2 contributions
The lifeblood of Havana courses along El Malecon, the Longest Sofa (or Bar) in the World. This four-mile roadway runs along the northern coast of Havana, and is a gathering place for local who just want to hang out and enjoy. Enjoy the warm weather, enjoy the camaraderie, enjoy the music, enjoy the fishing, enjoy the people watching, enjoy the free-flowing rum.

Simply put, it's the street where life happens in Cuba. Locals mix with tourists, and stroll 2-3 kms along the shore. This is at its very best as sunset approaches, with temperatures cooling under a rose-red sky. There's also the rarer morning view, where the sidewalk is clear except for morning joggers, walkers and runners. , but the air is more clear and the heat hasn't yet arrived for the day.

Fisherpeople stand on the wall for hours - to my eye, far more interested in talking to each and sharing fishing tips than actually taking any fish home.

One caution - when wet, the sidewalk is extremely slippery. It's always fine to walk in the right lane of any multilane road in Havana, and you'll do best walking on the allanamiento instead of trying to keep your footing on icelike surfaces.

And when does it get wet? From November until February, storms often blow the Caribbean into the Malecon. On days when the police block off auto traffic, you will see spectacular waves crashing harmlessly over the Malecon - a controlled fury on display during a morning walk.
Written 29 August 2022
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pawel_hbg
Sopot, Poland9,555 contributions
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The Malecón  is a broad esplanade, roadway, and seawall that stretches for 8 km along the coast in Havana from the mouth of Havana Harbor in Old Havana, along the north side of the Centro Habana neighborhood and the Vedado neighborhood, ending at the mouth of the Almendares River.
I went almost all of this road. It os interesting walk but on the other side you see that this city needs a lot of improvements and renovations.
Written 3 July 2022
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Travel Eagle
Amsterdam, The Netherlands644 contributions
take a walk or drive with taxi is the best way to feel the wind. but do not buy sigars from the street, ther are not good quality
Written 6 June 2022
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tbonjour
Shandon, UK256 contributions
Ocean on one side of a dreary road, with buildings well set back on the other side.
What nonsense the guide books talk about it being full of people in the evening, bursting with clubs,bars, cafes and music.Totally absent…
Stay in Old Havana, and hangout in Calle Obispo , or Plaza Parque Central.
Only reason to cruise the Malecon is in a pink Cadillac……
Written 18 May 2022
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airbnbnomad
Canberra, Australia49 contributions
I spent three months in Havana from September to December 2021. I walked along the Malecon most evenings to watch the sunset with a beer.

It's absolutely beautiful but depending on the section, be aware of man-sized holes in the pavement that drop through to the rocks and ocean. You wouldn't want to step into one of them.
Written 18 May 2022
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Cuba Goddess Retreats
Havana, Cuba5 contributions
Amazing spot in Havana. A must visit to everyone! I love this place and the Cuban Sea. All locals enjoy this place.
Written 17 May 2022
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matt b
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best view in Havana, the perfect place for an unforgettable night with the real Cuba, free music, incredible stories...
Written 8 May 2022
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nick m
London, UK54 contributions
Lovely stroll along the Malecon, look at Havana next to the sea and stop in a cafe to take it in. Some lovely perspectives can be viewed here.
Written 7 May 2022
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